Following the positive reception of their debut single, Irish post-punk trio, Slow Riot return with the single ‘Demons’, taken from the forthcoming ‘Cathedral’ EP due out on October 23rd, via Straight Lines Are Fine.
Slow Riot’s politically charged debut single was met with excitement by fans and garnered support from the likes of 6Music, XFM, Clash, The Irish Times, Q and more. Its post-punk sensibilities were likened to Gang of Four and Wire as well as more contemporary artists such as Interpol and Girl Band, whilst new single ‘Demons’ is set to showcase a different side to their sound.
‘Demons’ impresses with dark, swooning guitars and a driving beat. Taking the Slow Riot penchant for classic songwriting and blending it with new wave hooks and a layered, climatic build reminiscent of shoegaze luminaries Ride or My Bloody Valentine. These diverse sounds span across the ‘Cathedral’ EP, channelling more of those ambitious soundscapes, heavy walls of feedback with pop sensibilities, with an aim to challenge any preconceptions, as is the bands mantra.
‘Cathedral’ was recorded at the Manic Street Preachers’ FASTER studio in Cardiff under the watchful eye of producer Kevin Vanbergen, whose back catalogue includes the likes of The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro. FASTER’s in-house engineer Loz Williams and the Manics’ James Dean Bradfield further extended a helping hand to the band, offering the use of their equipment and instruments, many of which were used in the making of past chart-topping records.
“Stab City” as Limerick has been affectionately referred to isn’t known for its musical heritage, The Cranberries being the city’s biggest musical export to date. But early Slow Riot demos released online in 2014 started turning heads, not to mention sparked the interest of legendary punk photographer Steve Gullick, who not only shot their recent band photos but also their last video.
Now with a slew of local live appearances under their belt, including recent support to The Twilight Sad and an upcoming show with Codes at Whelans, Dublin, on September 19th, the band are ready to show the rest of the world that they possess a sound and energy that far surpasses that of their hometown’s sleepy reputation.